Shawn Atleo in the lead after first ballot in Assembly of First Nations vote
Incumbent Shawn Atleo has a significant lead after the first ballot in the election to select the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations today (July 18).
Atleo won 284 votes on the initial ballot, out of 324 needed to win the election. A total of 540 votes were cast by First Nations chiefs and their proxies.
Eight candidates were on the ballot in the race for leadership of the advocacy organization. Candidates Joan Jack and George Stanley have dropped off following the first ballot, leaving six contenders.
Out of the other candidates, Ryerson University professor Pam Palmater won 95 votes, Diane Kelly received 39, Terrance Nelson was chosen by 35 chiefs, Ellen Gabriel had 33 votes, and Bill Erasmus had 29.
The Assembly of First Nations general assembly is taking place in Toronto today. The vote results are being streamed on the AFN’s website.